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Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado

It was a deeply affecting and appropriate farewell. The spirit of Claudio Abbado, the great conductor and founder of orchestras who died in January 2014, was present in music, words, and silence. Thousands upon thousands came to the Basilica di Santo Stefano in Bologna and the Piazza della Scala in Milan to pay their last respects. In Lucerne, the members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA paid tribute to this extraordinary man and friend with a deeply moving concert – “The emotional intensity was unbelievable; this could only be achieved by true musicians, by those capable of love.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) Friends and associates look back fondly on Claudio Abbado and speak of how they experienced these moments of grief and farewell.

Isabelle Faust, violin
Bruno Ganz

Excerpt from
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, August 2013

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 7 in B minor “Unfinished”, Allegro moderato

Friedrich Hölderlin
Brot und Wein

Alban Berg
Violin Concerto – To the Memory of an Angel

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3 in D minor, Adagio


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“The extremely powerful images of the musicians playing through their tears, without excessive intrusion from the cameras at this moment that was theirs alone, speak for themselves.”   Choc de Classica 

“Paul Smaczny’s film is from start to finish a ‘Tombeau de Monsieur Abbado’, a hymn of praise addressed to the late maestro – with (Isabelle) Faust and (Wolfram) Christ as  principal protagonists, the spirit of the event is preserved. This well-nigh devout homage scarcely leaves room for critical judgment.” Diapason d’Or Arte


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Languages:German, Italian
Subtitles:German, French, English, Korean, Japanese
Disc Formats:,
Number of Discs:1 (DVD), 1 (Blu-ray)
Picture Formats DVD:16:9 NTSC
Picture Formats BD:16:9 NTSC, FULL HD
Sound Formats DVD:PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Sound Formats BD:PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio
Running time:98:57 min
Catalogue Numbers:ACC20319 (DVD), ACC10319 (Blu-ray)
Release Dates:01/2015 (DVD, Worldwide), 01/2015 (Blu-ray, Worldwide)
EAN Code DVD:42 6023483 074 3
EAN Code BD:42 6023483 075 0